Teaching creativity

  An argument that I had thought long dead resurface recently, briefly stated it suggests that creativity is not something that can or should be taught in schools because in order to be creative an individual needs to have a wide range of knowledge and skills.  These things are what schools should be teaching so … Continue reading

Simply the best……….subject to teach.

Well it has been an interesting few weeks; the pre Christmas slog followed by the all too brief  holiday and then back to a new term which already seems frighteningly short given the amount of work that we have to cram into the time.  Last but not least, snow!  For most of you that will seem like … Continue reading

Bad teachers and how to spot them…………….This weeks headline from Mr Gove.

Art Deco style research, learning to look and to see.

An astute colleague observed that Mr Gove managed to get himself into the broadsheet papers or on the media almost every week, citing his journalistic background as the source of his expertise.  This week the shock headline was all about making it easier for school heads to get rid of bad teachers.  So many things to say! … Continue reading

What children want….Great teaching!

My excuse for using an image of some of my own work rather than showcasing pupil work should become clear shortly.   After more years as a teacher than I care to admit to in public I discover that children can still surprise you.  There is no need for me to go into details here, suffice it to say … Continue reading

Leading a team: Design or default……how to create a culture.

For Eleanor, who will be a great team leader. As I write I realise that the real test of what I am about to say would be for you to contact one of the teachers in my team and ask them about the gap between what I say and what I do.   Please let … Continue reading

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